Cancer took over the top spot from musculoskeletal conditions
Cancer is now the top driver of large company health care costs according to Business Group on Health’s 2023 Large Employers’ Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey.Previously, musculoskeletal conditions were the biggest cost.
The top three conditions fueling health care costs were the same as last year, with cardiovascular disease rounding out the top three, 13% of employers say they have seen more late-stage cancers and another 44% anticipate seeing such an increase in the future, possibly due to pandemic-related delays in care.
“Employers shared that they are deeply concerned about unsustainable health care costs, the devastating effects of the pandemic on employee health, and the need to work creatively with their partners toward a more positive and sustainable health care experience, among other issues,” said Ellen Kelsay, president and CEO of Business Group on Health, in a statement.
Key findings in the report include: